Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Project Start and Doggie Entertainment



Just so you know there IS something going on in my sewing room, here are the fabrics I am using for the next Endeavorer's Challenge.

I moved my sewing machine to the dining room table which has been helpful in focusing on stitching.

We have been busing outside trying to get things put away for winter.  Also we have had septic/drywell issues.  A service comes today to give it a look.  I am hoping it's only roots blocking the path and that will be a relief.  In the Spring we had an estimate  for a new system system.  I almost threw up when they said $8,000 to $10,000.  Anyway, we'll see how things go today.

So, I'll leave you with a story about Harley, who is our critter catcher and has a new name...Clown Dog.

 One day I looked outside and actually saw Harley climb this tree higher than my head.  He dug his nails in and up he went until he fell.  Since then I have been trying to catch him on video climbing that tree.  He has 4 squirrel friends that live in the tree.




He will literally sit there for hours looking up that tree waiting for the squirrels to come out of their nest.  They are probably already in the front yard collecting acorns.

Nope.  Here is one of them.  He is up there chattering at Harley.  I know he is saying Ah Ha Ha Ha Ha...You can't get me!

But Still He Waits...for hours.  He'll be laying down in a minute.  When the squirrels get bored, they jump to the tree in the pond area that is fenced and off they go, leaving Harley to bark at them.


 I let him in.  After a long drink of water he is sacked out on the couch.

But let me tell you, some times all four of those baby squirrels come to the front patio door and look in.  I KNOW they are saying
"Can Harley come out and play?"

Grateful:  Oh, just everything.  As life gets shorter...I'm 67 now, I concentrate on finding the silver lining.

How about you?  Do you think animals talk to each other?
xx, Carol

24 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a cute post! I think it's funny that the squirrels look in the door. They know Harley is in there.

Hope you have a better estimate for the septic issue.

Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

Julierose said...

Nightmare replacement cost...;000
Harley is so funny--our granddog, Kota, does this with chipmunks, too. And they just exit from another hole and go about their business;))) funny. Hugs, Julierose

Barbara said...

Oh my, Harley is wonderful! Our kitties play hide and seek with squirrels, but from the other side if the porch screen. Your chosen fabrics are great together, Carol. Keep showing us the result in progress. Septic system woes, I am familiar with those. I love living semi-rural, but wish we had sewers. We’ve been in this house for almost 39 years, so it was no surprise after much trouble with our system that we had to spring for a new one. It was very expensive, but we haven had a problem since. That’s the bright side to focus on if you need all new. Grateful? Like you, everything at my age of 75. In fact maybe that’s the first thing, to still be around!

Mary Ann Tate said...

Those fabrics look interesting:) I don't know about animals talking to each other but I do think they interact. We get rabbits in our back yard and our dog Misty was quite friendly with them. Once she even came to get us when some of the babies got into trouble and needed rescuing. By the way 67 in young not old. I'm older than that :)

jenclair said...

I don't know if they talk to each other in sentences, but I've certainly heard some insults and taunts going back and forth!

Momma Bear said...

Oh, yes! we have a squirrel who seems to delight in tormenting the cats by sitting outside the sliding glass doors and Twitching it's fuzzy tail at them until they charge the door! good thing they are under 15lbs!

Pamela said...

Can't wait to see what you do with the American fabric for your next challenge. Your animals must keep you entertained all the time!

Jeanna said...

Oh Carol, I KNOW different animals talk to each other. My grandmother had three squirrels she nursed from babies. They lived in a Taj Mahal pen that my cousin built for them. They also had a round pen that allowed them to roll around the yard when my grandmother was outside. Every time they got too far away our German Shepherd would bark until someone rolled them back. They were all the best of buds.

You have selected some nice fabric for your next project. Can't wait to see :)

Robbie said...

I certainly think animals do communicate with each other!!!! And I even think animals can understand what we're saying to them or about them!!! AT least my older dog does...she's like a teenager! You can just see her look or ignore you....we have to laugh but sometimes it is so annoying...she rings her bell to go outside; get a drink of water (fresh from refrigerator is the only water she'll drink; ask for a treat or if she just wants up on my lap!!!! Gotta love our animals!!!! your pup is obsessive for sure play it's only playtime too! HA

Maureen said...

Hi Carol,
Maureen Champion from josephinaballerina here.
I’m a member of The Endeavourers, too, although since life went insane and I didn’t post in the first three challenges. And life threw me another curveball in that I had shoulder surgery 12 days ago. However, I am going to try to make a small improv quilt by hand for the Nov 1st reveal.

My cat, Josephine, stares down the chipmunk hole for hours on end just like your doggie stares up at the squirrels! And, yes, I absolutely believe animals can talk to each other after a fashion.

I hope your septic system gats sorted out without having to put out a wad of cash. It’s always something, isn’t it?

Smiles from maureen and Josephine aka jb aka Josephina Ballerina

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Carol,
Maureen Champion from josephinaballerina here.
I’m a member of The Endeavourers, too, although since life went insane and I didn’t post in the first three challenges. And life threw me another curveball in that I had shoulder surgery 12 days ago. However, I am going to try to make a small improv quilt by hand for the Nov 1st reveal.

My cat, Josephine, stares down the chipmunk hole for hours on end just like your doggie stares up at the squirrels! And, yes, I absolutely believe animals can talk to each other after a fashion.

I hope your septic system gats sorted out without having to put out a wad of cash. It’s always something, isn’t it?

Smiles from maureen and Josephine aka jb aka Josephina Ballerina

Cathy said...

What a cute story! I can just imagine how tantalizing those playmate squirrels must be for Harley. My cats like to watch the birds. And we, like you, have been working to get the garden, yard and patio squared away for winter. Everything is almost done, but I have a few roses to deadhead and maybe pull some weeds. Maybe.

Susan said...

Funny how Harley and the squirrels do. I think some animals do talk to each other. I've heard my son's cats carry on conversations - or that's what it sounds like to me! They each have "words" they repeat, and I don't know what they mean, but the sounds are the same each time they say them!

Timaree said...

I had a dog that would stand over the rocks in my dad’s tiny, tiny pond. He would wait for the goldfish to appear and then try to grab them. I’m afraid he did finally do them in. His patience was astounding and it sounds like your clown dog is the same! Hopefully he will just be friends should their paths actually come together!

I thought about doing some beading and dangled the idea of doing a cathedral quilt but I really just don’t feel like it. I’d rather draw or paint. I’m glad you are enjoying the quilting!

I need to do some work in the yard. Our gutters didn’t need cleaning out, at least in the back yard. We don’t have very many trees that drop leaves able to clutter them up. I’ve got alyssum plants that dried up and need to be removed. I just am not finding the energy to bother with a lot lately but we’ve had some wind which has caused leaves to fall from my citrus so soon I’ll clean up once for winter and call it enough.

Rose said...

Had you on my mind...so thought I would see what you are doing. YES, animals do talk to each other. I am sure of it...I have heard them. LOL

Mama Squirrel that used to come all the time...one of our dogs would have killed her in a heartbeat. She would get right over the other side of the fence and eat or chatter at her.

Our other dog was much more mellow and did not care...Mama Squirrel would walk up to her and smell her feet! She knew the difference between the two.

Debra said...

Oh - I hope it will not be terribly expensive to fix the septic problem. Your dog is amazing! I didn't know dogs could climb trees! He's so cute!Oh, for sure animals talk to each other. Flying geese honk to encourage the leader because he has the hardest job in the 'V' formation. I think animals even have an unheard way of communicating. I've seen looks from cats that mean business!!!

Jan said...

Ha! Squirrels and dogs go together in mutual beneficial ways. Except when the dog actually catches the squirrel, of course. But I have watched my dogs chase squirrels on my deck where I feed the birds and a couple of times Windy has caught one but she spit it right out and it ran off then paused, it was like it surprised both of them! They both seem to enjoy the game.
Hope your septic doesn't need replacing! That would be horrible in so many ways.

Kit said...

Hello! I loved your story about your dog. My cats do the same thing. They love to chase the squirrels. We feed them, so we have a lot to chase...lol Like you, I try and find the best each day has to offer. The only way to live. :) Take care. Kit

Lady Jane said...

I will keep my fingers crossed on your septic!!! We have ours cleaned every 3 years and I hope that is enough. We get a lot of rain that settles down where the leechfield is, whew, too costly to redo.... Love the story about Harley. Hugs, lj

Henny Penny said...

Harley is so cute. I love the story about the squirrels. Our little Weetie came so close to catching a squirrel the other day. I yelled at her and she stopped, but the squirrel just sat there like, I know it's over for me". It was funny, but I just couldn't watch her kill a squirrel. I do think animals talk to each other.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

For sure, animals communicate with each other. I've seen it too many times to discount it. I'm sure the mourning doves here are beyond curious about what I'm doing in my sewing room too - I'll get the feeling that somebody is staring at me and sure enough there are one or two pairs of birdie eyes peering in the window. Hope your septic issue isn't too much of an issue.

Laurie said...

Carol I strongly believe animals talk to eachother!! And to me! My cat and I will have conversations that are quite entertaining. Love my fur babies!!

Salty Pumpkin Art said...

That's so funny, waiting for the squirrels.
Squirrels like to torment dogs. When was a hedgerow out back, and dogs in a neighbor's yard, a squirrel would jump back and forth in the tree as the dogs barked at it.

Linda in Calif. said...

Expect for the septic system - you all are having way to much fun! Yes, I try to always look for the good. Especially if I can keep calm and just believe God is in control.